A Cecilia man who was a pivotal witness in an October murder trial was arrested Thursday night on a warrant for strangling and assaulting a woman.
Joseph Goodman, 35, is charged with first-degree strangulation, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted, as well as misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, domestic violence with minor injury, and intimidating a witness in the legal process, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
Goodman testified in the murder trial of Lisa Harvey and Rick Fisher. He said they waited for Andrew Folena in July 2018 behind a home on Ralph Franklin Road and then attacked Folena. He saw Fisher beating Folena from a window in the home.
Harvey and Fisher were convicted of Folena’s murder.
On Monday and Tuesday, Goodman reportedly kicked his girlfriend on the side of the head and she fell onto a nail in a wall at a residence on Tom Duvall Lane in Cecilia, according to an arrest warrant. The nail went into the left side of her head. He then reportedly punched her on the left arm leaving “very noticeable bruising,” the document said.
With the woman then on a bed in the home, he is accused of putting both hands around her neck and impeded her breathing, the warrant stated. She had redness and scratch marks around her neck, according to the warrant.
Goodman also reportedly grabbed the woman’s cellphone and threw it to the ground as she attempted to call 911, breaking the phone.
He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center. Goodman was arrested by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.
Goodman is scheduled to appear Friday in Hardin District Court.